Raspberry Chautauqua Mountain Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Monument, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Awesome Hike! So beautiful with breath taking views. I would actually rate this as intermediate, not moderate. We started at the trailhead from Mt. Herman Road, about 5 miles total. Next time we will plan accordingly so we can do another .25 miles to Palmer Lake reservoir. That would be an awesome way to top of the trip. We also loved that there were not a lot of people on this trail.
Went the reservoir route- added about 2.5 extra miles to the hike. Beautiful easy uphill, breath-taking views at top, but treacherous about 1 mile down hill descent from the top of the mountain. For a more thorough description and pictures of this route, visit my blog at: https://thislittlewanderer.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/chautauqua-mountain/
No more trail.
No trail anymore. Just private property
FYI: Trail 715 also comes out behind Palmer Lake and connects with the Limbaugh Canyon trail via Balanced Rock Rd. ATV and off roader's have found it, so it's not quiet as nice a hike. There've also many people who have been directed by the local gun store in Monument to go up Mt. Herman Road for shooting practice.
It's wonderfully quiet on a week day. Might avoid it on holidays and weekends.
This is now my new favorite place to hike on the north end of Colorado Springs. Clearly not frequently traveled as it winds down through a narrow valley full of wildflowers. I really like how it has gone through a renovation and now includes more switchbacks on the up and down parts, which helps prevent erosion. Enjoy the hike!
I followed the directions on AllTrails mobile, and there is a house built right where this trail used to be.